: a style of Southern rap music featuring repetitive chants and rapid dance rhythms

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Pitbull began his career in the early 2000s, recording reggaeton, Latin hip hop, and crunk music under a multitude of labels. Dallas News, 5 Oct. 2022 Ciara, Usher, A$AP Rocky and Travis Scott are just a few beneficiaries of crunk’s Midas touch. Brooklyn White, Essence, 9 Sep. 2022 Jon brought rowdy Atlanta crunk music to the masses and produced for everyone from Usher and Ciara to Pitbull and, yes, T-Pain. Craig Jenkins, Vulture, 3 June 2021 The venerable rapper and ‘00s crunk kingpin had gotten involved with the song in 2013, when a then-largely-unknown French producer named DJ Snake got in touch, requesting Lil Jon lay vocals over Snake’s sinewy beat. Katie Bain, Billboard, 21 Nov. 2019

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Word History


from crunk, word of fluctuating meaning used during the 1990s in lyrics of the rap groups OutKast and Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz

First Known Use

2000, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of crunk was in 2000

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“Crunk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crunk. Accessed 23 Mar. 2023.

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